I did some Internet sleuthing and was surprised to discover many other cities have more annual rainfall than
New York, NY 46.33
but not enough to soak you or make you change your plans.
Sometimes you might wish you could change plans.
It’s understood that the parents can sit in the drizzling rain at 40degrees
and the kids can catch, throw and hit when their fingers are approaching numbness.
Remember, it is 40 and you are WET! Notice the heater on the far end of the bench?
How about the neat chair with the built in blue umbrella? They must be natives.
That’s where Seattle wins the award.
Seattle , with an average of 226 cloudy days per year,
ranks only behind Anchorage,AK; Forks, WA; Astoria,OR; and Olympia,WA
for the least amount of sunny days. Simply put, only four cities in the United States see the sun less days in a year than Seattle.
That’s three months. That’s 1/4 of a year.
That’s a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time to NOT see the sun.
in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
Many in the PNW might find that a little hard to believe
when it’s the third month in a row you’ve barely seen the sun.
But, my favorite preacher (my husband) once said,
The rock cress blooms are so beautiful!
“Look! My evergreen clematis just bloomed!”
“Look at all the little babies this year!”
“My heather is STILL blooming!
“The forsythia is the sunshine in my yard.”
Seattle is called the Emerald City because it’s green ALL year round.
Not to rub it in to those from other climates, but I mean ALL year round.
Without the rain they wouldn’t have this title.
We have so many brilliantly-hued flowers and shrubs, something is blooming ALL year around.
It’s not really about the rain. It’s how we cope with it.
instead of complaining, Beth and I say,
Then, we stomp and splash in and out of buildings while running errands,
with women eying our boots enviously and complimenting our taste in footwear.
polka-dotted red RAINBOOTS!